Here is a news blurb report to give you a sense of the latest news out of Myanmar.  In the wake of the military coup, the junta has gotten around to sentencing the deposed Prime Minister, Aung San Suu Kyi.  She would be sentenced to four years in prison, only to get a bit of a junta pr reprieve in the form of a reduction of her sentence from 4 years to 2 years.

Myanmar junta sentences deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi to prison almost a year after seizing power in coup

From www.cbsnews.com
2021-12-06 14:59:00



Seoul — Aung San Suu Kyi, the 76-year-old Nobel laureate who spent years under house arrest for advocating for democracy under the military dictatorship in her native Myanmar, was sentenced to four years in prison on Monday by the generals who toppled her civilian government almost a year ago. The military junta seized power in February, arresting Suu Kyi and many other politicians and activists in the process.

State television later reported her sentence for incitement was reduced to two years, but it’s just a fraction of the time Suu Kyi is facing once the junta’s courts have heard all the cases pending against her.

All of the charges were laid by the military commanders that deposed her and her democratically elected government in February. The overthrow led to huge street protests in Myanmar, and then violent repression by the army.

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Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyii receives four-year jail sentence – World News

From www.mirror.co.uk
2021-12-06 06:33:39
mirrornews@mirror.co.uk (Abigail O’Leary)

Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyii has received a four-year jail term on charges of incitement and violations of a law on natural disasters.

The ruling is the first in a series of cases brought against the 76-year-old Nobel laureate since the army seized power on February 1, blocking her National League for Democracy party from starting a second term in office.

The legal official, who insisted on anonymity for fear of being punished by the authorities, said Suu Kyi received two years in prison on each of the two charges.

The incitement case involved statements posted on her party’s Facebook page after she and other party leaders had already been detained by the military, while the coronavirus charge involved a campaign…

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Suu Kyi sentence reduced to 2 years from 4: Myanmar TV

From timesofindia.indiatimes.com
2021-12-06 15:50:43


Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has had her sentence reduced from four years to two years after a partial pardon by the head of the military-appointed government, the country’s state television reported on Monday.
Earlier on Monday, a court in Myanmar found Suu Kyi, ousted in a Feb. 1 coup, guilty of charges of incitement and breaching coronavirus restrictions, drawing international outrage at what some critics described as a “sham trial”.
President Win Myint was sentenced to four years’ detention, Myanmar’s state-run broadcaster MRTV reported.
Both Suu Kyi and Win Myint will serve their sentences where they are currently being detained, an undisclosed location, suggesting they will not be sent to prison.

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Myanmar: Unbridled destruction of freedoms as Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced

From www.amnesty.org
2021-12-06 06:23:57


In response to the sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns Ming Yu Hah said: 

“The harsh sentences handed down to Aung San Suu Kyi on these bogus charges are the latest example of the military’s determination to eliminate all opposition and suffocate freedoms in Myanmar. The court’s farcical and corrupt decision is part of a devastating pattern of arbitrary punishment that has seen more than 1,300 people killed and thousands arrested since the military coup in February.

“There are many detainees without the profile of Aung San Suu Kyi who currently face the terrifying prospect of years behind bars simply for peacefully exercising their human rights. They must not be forgotten and left to their fate.

“As violence escalates, displacing tens of thousands of people and setting up a humanitarian crisis in the middle of an ongoing pandemic, the situation in Myanmar today is alarming in the extreme. Without a decisive, unified and swift international response this can and will get worse.

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